Hurricanes unable to find target

AIM: Hurricanes player Matthew Skinner in action. He scored two goals for his Hunter side. Picture: Simone De Peak
AIM: Hurricanes player Matthew Skinner in action. He scored two goals for his Hunter side. Picture: Simone De Peak

THE Hunter Hurricanes men’s and women’s sides continued to pay the price for wayward shooting yesterday after losses to University of NSW in the National Water Polo League.

The men’s side lost 8-7 to Wests Magpies and the women’s team 12-7 to the Killer Whales at Lambton pool on Saturday night and were back in the water on Sunday morning.

Both Hunter teams failed to take advantage of extra-man opportunities, prompting frustrated coach Daniel Marsden to put them through their paces on Sunday morning.

Rather than a light recovery session, the teams worked hard on extra-man attacks and faced two laps of butterfly at end of the session for every missed chance.

‘‘There was plenty of butterfly after the session, but we had to reinforce the error of our ways,’’ Marsden said.

‘‘But no one complained, no one said a word. They got in and did it.’’

Marsden helped the men’s side come back from a three-goal deficit to be one behind in the final minute, but a late miss from an excellent position summed up Hunter’s night.

‘‘We outplayed them but just couldn’t score,’’ Marsden said.

‘‘Sixteen times we had extra men and scored only four goals, that’s abysmal. And we missed a penalty.

‘‘We played a team that wasn’t even in our class but we just didn’t finish our chances.

‘‘It was really disappointing because it was a game we should have won easily.

‘‘On the positive side, the structures that we’re playing are good. We’re creating good chances to score.’’

Newcastle Olympian Richie Campbell was the star for the Magpies, scoring five goals.

‘‘Richie had a hot hand and was the complete opposite of our guys,’’ he said.

‘‘He got in good positions to score and our guys didn’t shut him down.

‘‘He was a one-man band.’’

Matthew Skinner, Nathan Power and Gordon Marshall bagged two goals each for Hunter. 

Ross Sinclair scored the other.

The loss leaves the Hurricanes with one win from five games.  

The women’s side converted only four goals from the 14 times the Killer Whales were penalised with an exclusion.

But, like the men’s side, the Hurricanes women failed to put away their chances. 

South African Sarah Harris scored three goals for Hunter.